TEHRAN (FNA)- The annual proceeds of extremist groups from the production of drugs amounts to more than $350 billion, Director of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Viktor Ivanov
said at the sixth meeting of the Central Asian anti-drug quintet (Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Iran) in Tehran on Monday.
The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI) Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza and his Russian counterpart, Viktor Ivanov
have signed a Protocol in which the two countries agreed to intensify the war against illicit drug trafficking as well as strengthening the Russian-South African anti-drug cooperation.
More than 108 tons of various drugs were seized from illicit traffic within the space of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), said Chairman of the Coordination Council of Heads of the Competent Authorities to Combat Drug Trafficking, Head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov
The FSKN head Viktor Ivanov
told an official conference that the "large-scale transit of Afghan heroin is acting as a renewable financial base for the ISIS is now clear," reported RFERL.
The inter-agency agreement needed for the finalization of the program should be completed "as soon as possible," Putin told Viktor Ivanov
, head of Russia's Drug Control Agency, according to a transcript.
Russia's Federal Drug Control Service Director Viktor Ivanov
said earlier on Thursday about 20,000 mercenaries fighting in Syria are financed by the proceeds of Afghan drug trafficking, but did not provide any evidence to back his claims.
During the visit, Shinde will meet the Interior Minister of Russia, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Minister of Emergency Situation (Disaster Management), Vladimir Puchkov and Director of the Federal Narcotics Service of Russia, Viktor Ivanov
, also in the rank of a minister.
In the capacity of Chairperson of the Russian State Anti-Narcotics Committee, FSKN Director Viktor Ivanov
participated in the third meeting of the "Central-Asian Quartet" composed of the heads of the anti-narcotics agencies of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, and Tajikistan, held September 2012 in Dushanbe.
After meetings in Moscow with Nicaraguan Police Chief Aminta Granera, the head of the Federal Service for Drug Control in Russia, Viktor Ivanov
said his country was ready to "provide equipment and weapons to Nicaragua in the global fight against the scourge of drug production and continuous smuggling.
I am partially granting the defence lawyers appeal," Interfax quoted presiding judge Viktor Ivanov
as saying in court.
Head of the federal drugs control service of Russia, Viktor Ivanov
, told the conference that Russia was offering a five-year plan to fight drug production in Afghanistan.
It may be mentioned here that UNODC launched its flagship publication, the World Drug Report 2011 on June 23 (Thursday) at United Nations Headquarters by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly Gil Kerlikowske, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and Viktor Ivanov
, Director of Russias Federal Service for Drug Control.